August 30th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works made an exception to the fireworks ordinance for this weekend.
According to the ordinance, on this holiday weekend fireworks are only allowed on Labor Day and the Sunday before.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said a citizen requested that an exemption be made for Saturday as well.
The Board of Works agreed, and an exception was made for Saturday until midnight.
â€śIt just makes a lot of sense,â€ť Daniel said. â€śWe may possibly permanently change the ordinance as well.â€ť
Water pressure is expected to be low in the Eagle Glen and Irish Glen areas due to a water main break on Ind. 205 near Parkview Whitley Hospital.
Crews are currently working to repair the water main, and city employees said work may take most of the day.
Traffic is slowed on Ind. 205, as the break was directly under the road.
TOPEKA â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys tennis team lost a tough road contest to Westview Wednesday.
The Wildcats lost to the Warriors 4-1.
Picking up the lone win for Whitko was Tyler Baugher at No. 1 singles, who beat his Westview foe 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
In other singles action, Blake Castle and Cole Bechtold lost for the Wildcats in No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively.
Castle pushed his foe to three sets while Bechtold fell in two.
PLYMOUTH â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys soccer team fell on the road to Plymouth Tuesday.
The Wildcats lost to the Pilgrims by a 9-0 margin.
Whitko picked up nine saves at the goalkeeper position.
GOSHEN â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s two-man tennis team traveled to Goshen Tuesday night to take on Bethany Christian.
The Eagles won one match and lost one match against the Bruins.
Niko Rongos won in a long match against Abraham Thorne.
After Rongos won the first set 7-6, he lost the second 6-4.
Rongos came back in the third set to win 2-1 after Thorne was retired.
Rongos remains undefeated after three matches.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls golf match tonight against New Haven has been moved to Eagle Glen Golf Course, due to a scheduling issue in New Haven.
The match, which was originally supposed to be played at Whispering Creek, is at 4:30 p.m.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s boys tennis team picked up a Northeast Corner Conference win Tuesday night against Lakeland.
The Eagles took a 4-1 victory over their conference foes, with wins in every match but No. 2 doubles, which was a forfeit.
The Lillmars twins, Luke and Landon, picked up wins in No. 1 and No. 2 singles.
Luke Lillmars won 6-0, 6-3 in the No. 1 match, and Landon won 6-1, 7-5 in No. 2 singles.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A man arrested in a traffic stop-turned drug bust in the spring requested to reschedule his jury trial in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Michael Yoha, 34, of Mansfield, Ohio, was scheduled to stand trial Sept. 10 for possession of cocaine and dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance.
Yohaâ€™s attorney, Brad Voelz, requested a pretrial conference for Oct. 14. At that time, he said he would work on establishing a new trial date for his client.
The motion to continue the pretrial conference and vacate the trial date was approved by Judge James Heuer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After two years, United Auto Workers Local 2049 strikers left their site near Coupled Products, LLC. in Columbia City.
UAW officials said they got a call Friday night from the International UAW and the strikers packed up shortly after that.
It is unknown why the strikers decided to leave.
Twenty-nine members of UAW Local 2049 started picketing the manufacturer in June 2011. Claims of unfair labor practices after contract negotiations fell a part had kept 21 of the 29 picketers active.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” With the celebration of Labor Day Monday, pools will no doubt be used to cool off from the predicted warm temperatures.
However, paying to fill those pools can escalate an ownerâ€™s water bill to exorbitant amounts.
Currently, the town of South Whitley has shown some grace to its residents when it comes to high water bills due to pool fill-ups or lawn irrigation, but a three-month window is considerably short, according to pool owners.
To minimize his water bill, South Whitley resident George Hathaway decided to get creative in solving his dilemma.